wind farm group hits back at comments from developer
group of campaigners who are fighting controversial plans for
a new wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea have this week
hit out at comments made by the developer behind the scheme.
firm Broadview wants to build four 130-metre tall wind turbines
- each as tall as Brent Knoll - on land at Pilrow Farm, south
we recently reported here,
more than 300 letters, of which over 95% are opposed to the scheme,
have been lodged with Sedgemoor District Council's planning department.
the NoPilrow group has hit back at comments made by Tom Cosgrove,
Broadview's Project Manager, pictured above, earlier this month.
defended his scheme, telling Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our recent
experience on the streets of Burnham has been that the majority
of people asked, both residents and tourists, were in favour of
the proposals. If you take away all the scaremongering and hype
being pedalled by a minority of vocal campaigners, this is a proposal
to generate green electricity from a sustainable, domestic resource,
a principle which the majority of the British public are in favour
of. Broadviews proposal has been designed in accordance
with the relevant planning policy and guidance, and through decreasing
carbon emissions and securing a domestic, renewable source of
electricity, will help to create an important legacy for future
NoPilrow's David James said: "We question the reason for canvassing
in Burnham, five miles from the proposal, when a truly representative
group would be East Brent and Rooksbridge residents, who will be
directly affected by the wind farm?"
likely explanation is that a survey showed nearly 90% (561) of
residents opposed the wind farm. Canvassing in these villages,
lying in the shadows of the wind turbines, would not give Broadview
the desired results."
Cosgrove further claims that the 'majority of people asked, both
and tourists, were in favour', however NoPilrow contends that
tourists are most unlikely to have knowledge of the site and will
not have to live with the wind farm; they are not best qualified
to voice an informed opinion. If, as Broadview claimed, the majority
support the proposal, why, to date, are the majority of comments
on Sedgemoors planning website, opposed to the wind farm?"
added: "Broadview also mentioned 'scaremongering and hype
being pedalled by a minority of vocal campaigners...' and NoPilrow
questions the use of emotive, disparaging language like this,
it being a tactic when ones argument is weak or devoid of
fact. Mr Cosgroves use of the word minority is a gross misrepresentation
since NoPilrow is supported by the vast majority of East Brent
and Rooksbridge residents, six Parish Councils, John Denbee, County
Councillor, Wells Conservatives and Tessa Munt MP."
was further stated by Mr Cosgrove that 'Broadviews proposal
has been designed in accordance with the relevant planning policy
and guidelines' but this does not appear to be the opinion of
English Heritage. They commented to Sedgemoor planners that 'We
had not seen this division applied to an EIA before and we believe
in this case that it has resulted in a flawed assessment.
NoPilrow thinks that Broadview, by asserting a minority are pedalling
hype and scaremongering, when parts of its planning documents
have been judged by such an august organisation as English Heritage,
to be flawed, seems to border on double standards."
added: "NoPilrow wishes to ask the reader this question.
Who do you trust - local residents determined to protect the unique
landscape of the Somerset Levels and Brent Knoll for future generations
or a company, based in London, which stands to profit from a potential
£24million in subsidies over the lifetime of the project,
paid through consumers' bills?"